TOP 5 Reasons To Use Home Theater Receivers for STEREO!

TOP 5 Reasons To Use Home Theater Receivers for STEREO!

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Curious about when to use an av receiver vs when to use an stereo amplifier? Hardcore audiophiles will probably shout “Blasphimey!” but I think using home theater receivers for stereo music is a great way to find a (sometimes) more affordable way to enjoy two channel music. Using av receiver for music even allows you to expand your system into a full home theater set up should you decide to go that route down the road. Here are my top 5 reasons to use home theater receivers for stereo!

TOP 5 Reasons To Use Home Theater Receivers for STEREO!

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  1. Andrew Robinson on July 5, 2022 at 1:24 am

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  2. Tom de la Kethulle on July 5, 2022 at 1:25 am

    So i got a basic stereo amp with my turntable and a bunch of rca to minijack cables and then my tv connected to several gaming consoles, cromecast and pc.
    I get the room correction and the upgradebility but not the rest of his arguments.

  3. Rob Jovic on July 5, 2022 at 1:25 am

    My pioneer vsx-lx305 is hooked up to my 5.2 system and I just added a turntable. Is there a way to change it to a 2.1 when using the turntable instead of using all the speakers?

  4. Luke Johnston on July 5, 2022 at 1:25 am

    But if you only had the money to stretch to an Audiolab a6000 as an upgrade and you listen to lots of metal (me), would you consider an AV Receiver?

  5. Felipe Lucena on July 5, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Considering the prices are similar, what would you rather have in your system, a Bluesound Powernode or an AVR with Dirac Live (ex: Onkyo 7100, RZ50, Pioneer VSX-LX305, VSX-LX505)?

  6. Mondo Enterprises on July 5, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for raising this "controversial" subject! ; ) I have always been running avr’s on a budget and enjoy the sound. But I do have a circa 1980’s linn amp and preamp that I need to set up and check out v. the Sony ES avr.

  7. Sandeep Motwani on July 5, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Superb video

  8. pegun on July 5, 2022 at 1:34 am

    If you’re going for a strictly stereo audio system, skip the AVR and go forward integrateds or separates. Keep the source compo separate as well. Sorry I’m kinda old school in this lol.
    If you want convenience or all-in-one box system, just get an active speakers system eg LS50W. No comments on HT, sorry 😁

  9. Ola Berglund on July 5, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I dont agree this time, and dont take it personal.

  10. Russell Schneider on July 5, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Honestly, I think getting a TOTL av reciever that is a few years old is the best bang for you buck in two channel audio. The AV recievers value goes down quick as video specs change. Allowing you to purcahse high quality amplification and processing at lower cost. And a lot for people have a blended system that includes video as well a audio. And a AV receiver is a perfect fit for that.

  11. AudFrk Naveen on July 5, 2022 at 1:36 am

    in terms of practicality, av receiver is very good. but stereo amplifier is all about better sound quality and detailing etc….people may throw some more light on my comment

  12. Jobie Hooper on July 5, 2022 at 1:37 am

    can you use a sound bar as the center channel

  13. Aleks Hvala on July 5, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Hey Andrew, I am thinking about buying a pair of Jamo C97 II ‘s. What AV reciever would you reccomend for this stereo setup?

  14. James Wynn on July 5, 2022 at 1:39 am

    And future videos when you go over AV receivers could you show more of each one of their on-screen displays there’s very few that show this and so far I like pioneers on screen more than others and the user friendly about it my brother has a Yamaha and it seems like setting that thing is just backwards to set the equalizer I had to get my brother next to the speaker just to tell me if it was going high or low to adjust it whereas with the pioneer it’s just got all the levels there but to cut this short sorry I would like to see more on screen displays on the receivers that you review

  15. Александр Харченко on July 5, 2022 at 1:40 am

    I went AVR myself for stereo listening. Then I saw how many devices you need for all the features, it wasn’t difficult choice to make… It’s weird, that so few stereo amplifiers give you options for music streaming and TV connectivity.

  16. Mike P on July 5, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Andrew, is there any point to buying an 8-channel receiver (7.x.x) if five speakers and a sub is all I am ever going to connect? Thanks.

  17. Herjanto W.L. on July 5, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I use Yamaha RX-A2080 with very good floorstanding speaker, and some of ext HDD with full of audiophile music files. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  18. xroadracer on July 5, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Maybe it’s me, and it probably is, but my Denon X3500H sounds like crap in 2.1ch stereo.

  19. Kewlbug on July 5, 2022 at 1:46 am

    My Home theater and 2 ch are the same room/setup. Got an A2070 and Rti12 towers. Two different speaker configurations one w subs, one just Towers. All tuned up w REW of course.

  20. SoftLight on July 5, 2022 at 1:48 am

    i went with a avr myself and, i m happy.

    gear choices simply can be offputting at times. you need this and that and then you wanna go 5.1 and you need something different again and thousands and thousands of $ for amps and cables and… honestly im at a point i rather put that extra money in better speakers instead.

  21. Luka Mlinar on July 5, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Bronze 100 and a NR1200 is all you need.

  22. R lowle on July 5, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I wish you included the connections on the back of the receiver to make this work. Im pretty satisfied with my 5.1 surround and i listen to rock dvds but also just cds.

  23. Hirnlego999 on July 5, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I’ve long used AVRs for stereo, and it’s mainly been Denon AVR. 2105-2016, 2308 all measure neutral and have plenty power to boot. In fact they become more powerful with 2 channels used than all 5 or 7.
    It’s mostly down to speakers, placement and room. The electronics measure better than your hearing.

  24. Tim Coley on July 5, 2022 at 1:54 am

    This video answered some paramount questions that were completely puzzling me with all the newer technology of today. Thank you!

  25. DVL DVL on July 5, 2022 at 1:55 am

    live my denon AVR-X-4500H with my Tannoy XT-8F (x4) and Tannoy XT-C 🙂 The AVR sounds awesome (also due to the speakers) when playing music. Put it on dual stereo and the sound is great.

  26. toperi69 on July 5, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Nice video. Hey, I have denon 3700 avr for music and movies. One thing I don’t like about AVR’s is sheer amount of settings I have to do. And I have search lot of information by myself to get most of the sound.

  27. bossunimportantstuff on July 5, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I agree that home theater receivers are worth considering for musical duties, especially when connected to a TV via HDMI.
    1) The TV remote can typically be used to do most of the typical controls. (Practically all with ESP8266 ir babel.)
    2) As pointed out, most TV’s now run apps and in the case some voice controls are integrated. Play xxx by yyy and it just starts.
    3) There are a few new music formats and a couple of older ones that can not be listened to as intended on 2 channel receivers. You typically need to USE an AVR for ATMOS, 360 audio, Multi SACD etc.
    4) Often times to my ears "weak" stereo mixes can sound better reproduced in multiple channels.
    5) AVR’s typically have more adjustment possibilities than stereo amps. In my experience pushing the sound settings around leads to learning more about sound reproduction. This is most important for me as practically all equipment needs different settings for different tracks. Flat, small smile, boom titz etc.
    6) I grew up watching music videos. For me, nostalgia, story telling and images can definitely add to the experience.

  28. Mervyn Stent on July 5, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I don’t have the room for both!

  29. Sarah Mikahil cheung (Cwss) on July 5, 2022 at 1:57 am

    What about output rating, meaning if your speaker require 40 to 100 watts, should we look at a power output of 80 to 200 per channel?

  30. lucv13 on July 5, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Great video, I sold my home a few years ago and relocated to a new city to be closer to the Granddaughters (5). I found a nice budget studio apartment with a nice kitchen and a fair sized living area estimated at 14′ x 20′. I’m a big fan of 2 channel and downsized my 7.1 system to 5.1. I use Paradigm for my center and rears but sold off my giant Studio mains and replaced them with a nice pair of Totem Sttafs. I still use a 1080p 58" non Smart tv for movies etc. While I do still have a few CDs, my main music comes from Blu-ray and DVD concert discs that I play through my Oppo Blu-ray player as well as Stream from my custom PC , gaming is done through the PS3 and PS4. Since the advent of HDMI, sound quality is unparalleled with a minimum of wiring involved. All of the above is connected using a 2nd gen Anthem AVR receiver the MRX 310. While not top of the line, I still consider this to be an audiophile system that I enjoy tremendously and is mostly Canadian…

  31. Michael Delaney on July 5, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I like your channel and generally agree with most of your points. But the very idea of mixing 2 channel with home theater is repugnant . My "stereo" is for music ~ tv is a distraction! I don’t have the time for movies (that would make a dedicated home theater practical or desirable) and content of broadcast TV sucks!

  32. Tyler Wilhelmsen on July 5, 2022 at 2:03 am

    I got a set of old Pioneer CS-A9000 speakers today for free from a yard sale. What is the cheapest way to use them with a receiver? Can I use an older cheap AV receiver? The sticker on the receiver says “rated power 50 Watts Max Music power 150 Watts. Suggestions?

  33. Sebastiano Di Tullio on July 5, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Hi there! Having heard how the Polk R200s sound, what do you think is the best value-for-money AV reciever (with phono in) that can work well in stereo now and with added Reserve series components in the future? Thanks a lot!

  34. Nikolai Harhai on July 5, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Agreed. Love my AVRs, Marantz nr1711, Denon x3700h, DENON DRA-800H & Marantz nr1200.

  35. Julio Martinez on July 5, 2022 at 2:05 am

    For Bose 251 outdoor speakers, what is the best receiver or amplifier to use? Thanks in advance

  36. like it is on July 5, 2022 at 2:06 am

    AV Receiver is a great way to go! HT or Straight up music!

  37. Karel Brits on July 5, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Many years ago, I bought a Yamaha RX-A1010 AV/receiver to replace my old all-in-one system. That was the start of my new setup and my hunt for an audiophile system. I recycled the speakers I had to start with, but every year I added another (separate) element to it. I’ve used this receiver for years now with a pair of Q Acoustics 3020 bookshelve speakers in combination with a subwoofer. I do select the ‘pure direct’ function, which bypasses the internal equaliser/sound program settings and just amplifies the sound of the source that’s fed into the receiver. This gives me the most satisfying result for stereo listening. Last month I found a cheap pair of Mordaunt-Short 906 speakers in a thrift shop. I replaced the Q Acoustics with those and bi-amped them on the receiver. The sound they deliver exceeded my expectations. Airy, open and detailed sound. The bass is snappy and has some punch, but it goes less deep than the subwoofer. It is more lively and rhythmic though.

    The result is so enjoyable that I’m not thinking of replacing my AV/receiver by a dedicated stereo amplifier yet. The Q Acoustics 3020’s now function as surround loudspeakers for movies, where they’ve replaced some old satellite speakers I had.

    It’s nice to get some confirmation by this video that AV/receivers can provide some good stereo sound.

  38. Vanessa Jones on July 5, 2022 at 2:08 am

    I am going to replace my 20 year old TEAC stereo receiver soon. This video gave me more to think about.

  39. Marc McCord on July 5, 2022 at 2:08 am

    This is one of your most informative videos. One thing you didn’t mention… traditional 2 channel guys will shudder about this, but you would have the advantage of using various sound modes. Hall, THX Music, etc. Some are quite cheesy, but a few are worth using, especially when listening to music recorded live. My Integra and Revel setup does double duty quite well.

  40. Alex Ojeda on July 5, 2022 at 2:10 am

    This is like the strangest question to me ’cause I’ve been doing this since the 90’s when CRT TVs were still a thing. Currently, I’m rocking a 30 year old Sony STR-D2090 with an LG K8 Tablet as my source. I’m using a THX Onyx DAC/Amp to bridge between said tablet and receiver and I’m using a pair of Polk Audio tower speakers and Sennheiser/Drop HD6XX headphones. I couldn’t be happier as far as sound goes. I might be looking to upgrade the tablet since it is older and slower than I like so looking for suggestions that won’t break me. Not an audiophile, don’t have that kind of money.

  41. Zenquest on July 5, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Love your videos, love the honest, detailed explanations, and I love how you can just riff when Kristi asks you a question and it’s gold, not filler bs you sometimes get elsewhere.

  42. Jojo DiAc on July 5, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Huh, honestly I find the Sonos Amp is just about the best solution for something like this. It can run just about any stereo set up, you can connect it with a regular subwoofer and if you want to, you can just use it alongside all of the sonos smart speakers, and can even use it to make a “5.1” surround setup. It’s cheaper than a full av receiver, it’s certainly smaller than most av receivers, it looks better than a lot of them and it has as many, if not more features.

  43. Matthias on July 5, 2022 at 2:13 am

    I don’t know why, but in this video only, Kristi’s voice is extremely sibilant.

  44. bearloscuro on July 5, 2022 at 2:14 am

    My ‘audiophile’ space (cluttered century home) doesn’t lend itself to great acoustics and I use my 2001 Denon AVR-2801 for playing vinyl on my B&O Beogram and routing all sound from my laptop through the receiver, which drives a pair of Von Schweikert VR-2s. I really want to update my receiver to something with 4K/8K HDMI, adding in a regionless 4K/8K Blu-Ray/DVD player and incorporating a 43" UHD 4K LED display. I may add in a couple of bookshelf speakers for rear channel sound, but I don’t have the space (or wallspace) for 7.2. I prefer durability and ease-of-use over countless bells and whistles. Do any of you have a recommendation for a receiver that would fit the bill?

  45. Jay on July 5, 2022 at 2:15 am

    I like that one !

    Been using an old (bought new in 2004) ONKYO 7.1 AVR with a set of vintage KEF and a sub, plus some B&W LM1 as surround speakers coupled with a YAMAHA center channel, all tested vs other speakers thus this combo choice.
    The AUDISSEY is doing quite a good job keeping the sound more natural as compensating for the living room disastrous sound quality. I’m not a crazy "audiophile" but i like quality, and my setup is, for me, quite good sound-wise.

  46. jerkbeefy1 on July 5, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Was wondering the same thing about high end speakers ,I’m getting a pair of Kef LS50META bookshelf speakers and a Kef KC62 subwoofer so was wondering what’s the best AV receiver to connect then to?

  47. GM on July 5, 2022 at 2:19 am

    I generally disagree with the exception of the ease of use. Out of that, if you’re into music, an integrated amp is the only way to go. If you like both music and movie, in this case, best is an integrated amp with HT bypass to have the easiest setup.

  48. Jason Schill on July 5, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Awesome video! I’ve been doing this for years with my Onkyo AVR. My "listening space" is a living room with a TV, and it’s a shared space in my house. It’s set up as a 5.1 home theater, but I have my dedicated audio-only inputs set up with Dolby Pro Logic. The video input (Blu-ray player) is set up differently for movies. I love the flexibility of the AVR, as compared to a dedicated hi-fi receiver. I am probably missing out on some of the purity of real hi-fi, but I don’t really notice it. Once the kids move out, maybe I’ll have space to set up such a system. But that’s a ways off!

  49. Alexandre Lapointe on July 5, 2022 at 2:19 am

    I’d love to pick some brains here, i’ve been on a search for a reciever for my Martin Logan Theos as front speakers and Motif X as middle channel. I feel I cheaped out on the AV reciever getting a marantz SR5007 and I am looking to get the best out of those.
    recommanded specs for the theos were as follow
    sensitivity: 90 dB
    impedance: 4 ohms
    recommended amplifier power: 20-400 watts

    and motif X
    89 dB/2.83 volts/meter
    6 Ohms. Compatible with 4, 6 or 8 Ohm rated amps
    Recommended Amplifier Power
    20-300 watts per channel

    I’d take recommandations and insights.. I have seen that I should aim for something that gives at least 400 watts per channel, is it the case really?!

  50. baroari g on July 5, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Really? Keeps got your hair back?